"For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness." ~ Thomas Bulfinch
literature is a survey of important stories and myths from ancient times
through the middle ages. This course will approach literature from the
context of myth while incorporating discussion of the historical and
cultural perspectives of the geographic area and historical periods in
which the literature was written.
The legacy of mythology in modern literature and popular culture is
one of the most important reasons to have a good foundation in
mythology. By reading, studying, and discussing these stories, students
will more readily recognize and comprehend mythological allusions in
literature, history, movies, and pop culture. This foundation will
enrich reading comprehension, and deepen the student`s enjoyment of
reading and learning.
Students will enjoy an interactive class through reader`s theatre plays, oral presentations, and group projects.
Selected works may include: Oedipus Rex, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Norse mythology, Legends of King Arthur, and The Ramayana.
Each week there is a specific grammar lesson and a SAT vocabulary
emphasis. Students will learn to write responsively and critically to
the texts and themes presented in class.
There are several opportunities for field trips including a Roman
banquet, a Viking feast, and a time outside of class to watch the movie
"O Brother Where Art Thou" after we have read The Odyssey.
Please read here the details for summer reading assignments.
10th - 12th (9th with permission from instructor)
2016/2017 school year - Eastside Academic classes - Mondays 10:45am
This is a core requirement - corresponds to DOE course number 23.x630
World Mythology by Donna Rosenberg, 2nd edition - ISBN-13: 978-0844257679
Summerland by Michael Chabon (we will not read this novel until Spring semester. You may either purchase it or check it out of the library.)